Love Your Heart, Love Yourself, Love Your Greens

Green_Veggie_Heart“Greens, greens and nothing but greens: Parsley, peppers, cabbages and celery; Asparagus and watercress and Fiddleferns and lettuce! Rudding through my rutabaga, raiding my arugula, ripping up the Rampion; MY CHAMPION MY FAVORITE!”**

Mess around with your greens because green vegetable, especially leafy green vegetables are one of the most powerful foods on the earth AND they protect your heart!

According to research on phytochemicals, a greater intake of leafy greens, because of their superior nutrient density, is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

There are many ways to eat your greens …. without having to go “into the woods…” yet most of us struggle with the idea – for some it just seems too overwhelming. So here are just 5 easy ways, besides eating them in a mixed green salad (which can be pretty awesome), to incorporate more greens into your daily intake:

Add them to your favorite fruit smoothie. Try one for breakfast, lunch, or a mid-day pick-me-up. You can easily add any variety of kale or spinach, you might try a mix of chard or collards, give it a try and see how tastes.

Berry smoothie with greensAdd them as a topping to your home-made pizza. I love adding chopped spinach or kale to my pizza creations.

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Healthy chips! Simply tear up kale or collard greens, toss them with a small spritz of oil with your oil sprayer sprinkle with a small amount of your favorite herb blend of Mrs. Dash, Spike or nutritional yeast, a bit of lemon juice and cook at 300 degrees for 25 minutes on a baking sheet.

Kale Chips.vegan

Add them to your soup. Adding chard, spinach, kale, are delicious, easy additions. I added chard to this yummy soup.

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Add them to your stir-frys. This stir-fry contains a mixture of delicious Asian greens – Komatsuna, (a Japanese Mustard Spinach), Mizuna (another Japanese Mustard with a frilly, light green leaf), and Pac Choy (looks like mini, dark green Bok Choy), celery, and peppers with a splash of yellow squash.

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So there you go! There are just 5 simple ways. And once you get started, I bet you’ll be surprised how easy it will be, and you’ll be adding enjoying them Yes, leafy veggies may be green but if you don’t think about it too hard, they’re really not difficult to add to your diet!

So, what’s stopping you — just do it!

Cheers, Karen

** Lyrics from the prologue of the musical, Into the Woods, written by Stephen Sondheim.

 

 

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About karenlynnesnyder

I support others to better health through plant-strong eating and healthy lifestyle choices. I hope my information here helps you with your journey.
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